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God’s War Memorial (pt 2): How a Diverse Christian Community Displays Christ’s Glory (Ephesians 2:11

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The church is more than just a collection of individual Christians or a consumer-oriented store for the religious. It is a people created by the cross of Christ, joined together in Christ to display his power and grace to the world. For this reason, the church is called a temple. As we learned last week, temples display the power of the God who dwells therein. And in the c...

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“Give Me Life . . . According to Your Word”: How God’s Law Leads to Gospel Life

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There is a way of thinking today that says life and liberty are found by rejecting or rewriting the law. Personal expression is all that matters: "Just be yourself . . . Be authentically you!" And if any rules or lawsbe they religious or otherwiseget in the way, just reject or rewrite those restrictions. Importantly, Scripture is not silent on this matter. And it teaches ...

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God’s War Memorial: The Church of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:11

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This Sunday marks our fifth sermon in Ephesians and, with it, the consideration of the fifth sola. As our church remembers the Protestant Reformation this fall, we have sought to highlight the five solas from the text of Ephesians. After considering the material principles of the gospel in Ephesians 12 (e.g., Sola Gratis, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, Soli Deo Gloria), we con...

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OBC’s 2017 Icelandic Mission Trip

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For the last two years, Occoquan Bible Church has supported Loftstofan Baptist Church and the ministry of Gunnar Ingi Gunnarsson. This fall was our first of what we hope is many mission trips to Iceland. In what follows, Gary, with a few editorial remarks from David, reports on the happenings of the week. Hopefully it makes sense who's talking. The Mission. Our primary go...

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By Grace, Through Faith: Getting Into God’s Grammar about Salvation (Ephesians 2:8

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When it comes to understanding the heart of the gospel, Ephesians 2:810 is an anchor passage. And this week I had the privilege and the challenge of preaching it. The privilege comes in the fact that, this verse encapsulates so much gospel truth. The challenge is unpacking all that is there in those three verses. As with many sermons, preaching this passage makes the prea...

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September 2017 Shepherd's Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We hope and pray that you are encouraged and strengthened by the grace of God as we move deeper into the book of Ephesians this fall. It has been encouraging over these last few weeks to see Christ exalted above all things, and then to see the promise of the immeasurable riches of grace that God in His kindness has given to us in His Son. When...

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Our Mission Trip to Iceland: A Sunday Morning, Coffee House Update

On Facebook, I've had a chance to share a few updates from our mission trip. Today, as we get ready to go to church (at 2pm UTC), we are stopping in a local coffee shopthe Flagship Coffee House of the North Atlanticand stopping to give a brief update on our trip. So, here are six highlights from the trip. Six Highlights from Iceland The Landscape The first thing to me...

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Looking Forward to Jesus

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Yet Another Prediction Is Christ returning today or tomorrow?Many people are talking about it thanks to yet another group announcing their conjectures based on mathematical gymnastics and astronomical mysticism. As of now, the deadline for Christ's return has been announced as scheduled for sometime between now and sundown on Saturday, September 23 in Israel. If not by th...

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What is the Protestant Reformation?

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Five-hundred years ago, on October 31, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church door. This action launched a series of disputations about the Bible, the gospel, and the churchto name only a few. In time, Luther's action would be considered the spark which ignited the Protestant Reformation. But whatisthe Protestant Reformation? And why do we need...

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The Warfare Worldview of Ephesians

When was the last time you prayed against the devil? Or, attributed your physical pain or emotional vexations to a demonic spirit? If it has been some time (or never), it's probably because you live in 21st Century America, where the evils of the worldmoral and naturalare explained by biological factors and scientific calculation. But if you lived in 16th Century Europe, ...

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